Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for LA Galaxy right-back Julian Araujo in recent weeks and if he were to join the North London club, it could spell trouble for Matt Doherty.
It has been suggested recently that Spurs are readying a €5 million (£4.45 million) offer for the 19-year-old defender, who has impressed with his performances in the MLS over the past couple of seasons, ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report from AS describes the youngster as one of the top young talents in the MLS and considering he has one goal and two assists for LA Galaxy in the American top-flight so far this season, helping him to a 6.87 average match rating, it is easy to see why.
If he were to join Spurs in the summer, it would only increase the competition Jose Mourinho has at right-back and based on current form, that could prove to be bad news for Doherty.
The Republic of Ireland international has not lived up to expectations since joining from Wolves in the summer and has fallen behind Serge Aurier in the pecking order at the Lilywhites.
He arrived with the reputation of being an attacking full-back who could contribute goals and assists, as he had consistently done with the Old Gold during their time in the Premier League, but he has no goals and just one assist in 17 appearances for the Lilywhites thus far.
After signing the defender in the summer, Mourinho suggested that he was “so happy” with the signing of Doherty but following his sending off against Leeds in the Premier League recently, it seemed clear that the Portuguese manager was far from happy with the 29-year-old defender, and if his performances don’t improve, he may end up making way for Araujo next season, with Spurs perhaps looking to cut their losses after just one year.
The USA international has also featured as a right-winger during his time in the MLS, which suggests that he could prove to be effective in a right-wing back role, similar to the one we saw Mourinho utilise Aurier in during the 3-1 win against Sheffield United last weekend.
So, if Daniel Levy does swoop for the teenage defender during the summer transfer window, it will be interesting to see how much first-team football he will get under Mourinho, and whether he will do enough to displace the £18 million-rated Doherty entirely as Aurier’s understudy.